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Linda Henderson-Smith, Ph.D. LPC

Director, Children and Trauma-informed Services, National Council for Behavioral Health

Linda Henderson-Smith, Ph.D., LPC, has more than 18 years of clinical and administrative experience in community-based mental health. She joined the National Council in May 2016 after working at the Georgetown University National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health as the director of mental health planning and policy.

While at Georgetown she helped develop training regarding trauma-informed systems, especially for people with co-occurring developmental and behavioral health disorders. Prior to working at Georgetown, Dr. Henderson-Smith worked at the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities in numerous roles, most recently as the director of the Office of Children, Young Adults and Families, where she spearheaded implementation of high fidelity wraparound, care management services and mobile crisis services throughout the state, and worked with other state agencies to strengthen the service systems for vulnerable populations.

As a trauma-survivor, she brings a distinct perspective and knowledge base to mental health and addiction disorders services and is passionate about helping organizations and systems move toward becoming trauma-informed.

Focus Areas: Children’s Behavioral Health; Crisis Behavioral Health; Trauma-informed Care; Trauma-informed Systems; Trauma-informed Communities; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Staff Wellness; Organizational Culture Change, Military Children and Families; Continuous Quality Improvement


Linda's Consulting & Training Services

The National Council’s Trauma-informed, Resilience-oriented Care (TIROC) training and consulting practice has helped organizations in primary care, behavioral health, schools, community services, managed care and government settings achieve the quadruple aim of enhancing the patient experience, improving population health, reducing costs and enhancing the work life of their staff.

Our expert team of thought leaders guides organizations as they implement multi-faceted initiatives focused on the foundation of TIROC to apply complex strategies that impact social needs and access to care.

Through a lens of cultural humility, diversity, equity and inclusion, we help organizations build a data-informed workforce, organizational and community resilience, trauma-informed supervision and leadership and eliminate gaps in implementation of organizational, systemic culture change. Our experts are available for short- and long-term consulting and training engagements at your site or virtually and can work hands-on with your implementation team.

Trauma-informed, Resilience-oriented Care Consultants:

  • Linda Henderson-Smith, Ph.D. LPC
  • Elizabeth Guroff, MA, LCMFT
  • Amelia Roeschlein, DSW, MA, LMFT
  • Laura Leone, DSW, MSSW, LMSW
  • Karen Johnson, MSW, LCSW
  • Pamela Black, MA
  • Cheryl S. Sharp, MSW, ALWF